photo by Rachel Leventhal
In 2008, Cambodian Member of Parliament Mu Sochua was embroiled in a court battle with Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia. Hun Sen threatened to strip Mu Sochua of parliamentary immunity, which could have made it possible to imprison her. Mu Sochua, one of the world’s foremost defenders of women’s and human rights, would have lost her crucial voice for the women and the poorest of the poor in Cambodia.
Mu Sochua was certain that the outcome of her trial would be severe if it didn’t gain international attention. Urgent Action Fund supported Outer Voices to travel to Cambodia to report on her trial. Our online reporting for Women’s e-News was picked up by Reuters, AP and other news services around the world.
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Mu Sochua’s struggle for justice for all Cambodians continues. Follow her work to transform Cambodia into a true democracy on her own blog.
TOPICS: Conflict Resolution.